What is SOAP

Why we do it

At Epic Church we strive to help all ENCOUNTER God, but this is not just a once a week endeavor. Our desire is that every believer would not just attend church, but also hear from God daily through His Word! As we read the Bible, we begin to see how God responds to things. We can daily re-pattern the way we think, transform the spirit of our mind, and help us become more like Jesus! S.O.A.P. journaling is a simple and excellent way to both record and process what God is speaking to you and your reaction to what He is saying through His Word. It’s also a useful tool to use at a later time when you want to reflect on and review some of the ‘gems’ that you have received.

Without writing S.O.A.P down, you may forget those blessings and important revelations.  Furthermore, while journaling is a very personal time with the Lord, you may want to share some of your daily journaling with your community or spouse, so having a written record becomes important. Through discussion, you may be able to look deeper into what God is speaking to you, gain new insight, and even encourage others. Your experience with God helps others, and their experience helps you. All you need to begin is a Bible, pen and journal!

TIPS & Tools

Listening to the Bible is just as impactful as reading the written word. Just stop the audio and voice record what you heard and what you feel God is telling you based on what you listened to so you don't forget it.  
Bible reading isn't a thing to check off your to-do list.  Bible reading can deepen your relationship with God if you invite him into your experience reading. Don't be discouraged when you miss a day, just move on to the next.
The goal is not perfection, but healthy growth.
Recommended Bibles:
YouVersion Bible App  
BibleGateway.com

Recommended Versions:
NLT (New Living Translation)
ESV (English Standard Version)
NIV (New International Version)
NASB (New American Standard Bible)